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It’s ‘back to the drawing board’ for Blues and Pietrangelo

Sep 11, 2013, 3:24 PM EDT

Alex Pietrangelo AP

The St. Louis Blues announced this morning that defenseman Alex Pietrangelo would not be reporting to training camp after contract talks between club and player broke off.

Shortly after that announcement, Blues general manager Doug Armstrong met with reporters to explain the situation further.

“We’ve worked in earnest with his representative trying to get him into training camp,” Armstrong said, per the Post-Dispatch. “Last night, we gave it a last-ditch kick at the can around 8 or 9 o’clock at night. It didn’t hold. So from this point forward, he’s not in camp and we treat him like an injured player.

Sidney Crosby missed a lot of time with concussions (and) the Penguins went on. That’s our job responsibility. If he misses a week, a month, a year, we’re not really sure … but he’s not here now and we have to move forward.”

Writes the Post-Dispatch:

Pietrangelo, 23, is believed to be seeking an extension that would pay him $7 million per season on a long-term deal. The Blues, who have a shade over $7 million in salary-cap space for the 2013-14 season, aren’t willing to pay more than $6 million annually.

Would Pietrangelo consider a bridge deal, like the one Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban signed last summer before going on to win the Norris Trophy?

“We were more focused on a lengthier term recently,” Armstrong said. “But now both sides need to go back to drawing board and find out how do we get him in here.”

  1. narfmoo12 - Sep 11, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    “Hello. It’s Paul. 8 years, $56M. Sound good?”

    • devilsarethebest - Sep 11, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      Can’t do that, max is 7 for another team. But hey, it’s Homer, you never know what he’s gonna pull out of his sleeve.

      • cardsandbluesforever - Sep 11, 2013 at 5:22 PM

        the Blues are offering what he’s actually worth on the open market, the reason he hasn’t had offers from other teams is because none of them will go over 6. if petro decides to entertain offers from other teams he’s gonna be in for a rude awakening, no one will give him what he wants.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Sep 11, 2013 at 6:44 PM

        No they’re absolutely offering under market value. The only reason teams haven’t given an offer sheet is because of the newly lowered $64 million cap ceiling. If Pietrangelo was an unrestricted free agent on the market next summer he’d get 7.5, easy. St. Louis is attempting to do what’s best for the future salary structure of the franchise but that doesn’t mean they’re offering fair market value.

      • jl9830 - Sep 11, 2013 at 9:05 PM

        “Cardsandbluesforever” isn’t wrong. Market value for a UFA and an RFA are totally different things. Philly Phanatic says PIetrangel would easily get 7.5 on the open market. But he’s not on the open market, so that’s not his value right now. Like it or not, he really doesn’t have leverage. What, is he going to hold out? I’m sure that will help him. At some point, like Subban and Kadri before him, he’s going to sign his two-year deal and come play hockey.

      • cardsandbluesforever - Sep 12, 2013 at 12:25 AM

        looks like the people who down voted me don’t fully understand how RFA situations work
        if petro signs with another team that team doesn’t get to just sign him and get off without having to give something up

        $1,110,249 or below – No Compensation
        Over $1,110,249 to $1,682,194 – 3rd round pick
        Over $1,682,194 to $3,364,391 – 2nd round pick
        Over $3,364,391 to $5,046,585 – 1st round pick, 3rd
        Over $5,046,585 to $6,728,781 – 1st round pick, 2nd, 3rd
        Over $6,728,781 To $8,410,976 – Two 1st Round Picks, 2nd, 3rd
        Over $8,410,976 – Four 1st Round Picks

        if he signs with another team for the 7 mil a year he wants, that team will have to give up 2 first round, a 2nd round and a 3rd round draft pick. no one is going to give up that many picks and 7 mil a year for a player who isn’t fully established yet unless they are desperate or dumb.

        like desertfan said below he will probably end up with a 2 or 3 year bridge contract if he continues to hold out.

  2. zannjusktagg - Sep 11, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Well, Joni Pitkanen is out for the season. Maybe… ehh who am i kidding.

  3. jimw81 - Sep 11, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    blues watch out flyers might be sniffing around.

    • jl9830 - Sep 11, 2013 at 9:24 PM

      With what cap space?

      • jimw81 - Sep 12, 2013 at 12:07 AM

        flyers dont believe there’s a cap.

  4. desertfan - Sep 11, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    2 years @ $5 per BRIDGE.

  5. tricher44 - Sep 12, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    I watch this guy every game, ive been one of his biggest fans from day one and I think he certainly has Norris Trophy skills, but hes not Larry Robinson yet! He had a disappointing year last year and he is still in some senses an unprooven product. I think a bridge contract will be it, and that will give him a couple more years of seasoning, maturity, and the chance to earn his big payday. I think the Blues over payed the two most recent defensive free agents and that has caused the purse strings to tighten. That said St. Louis has to do its dead level best to keep this talented young defensemen here for a long while.

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